Tonight, the Casa Shalom family said goodbye to one of it's oldest members. Benjamin, now 22, arrived at Casa Shalom as an 8-year-old who had been abandoned by his mother and who sold gum on the streets to make a living. Benjamin has spent the last 14 years of his life at Casa Shalom, completing high school and then eventually his degree as an accountant. A few years ago, Benjamin transitioned from child to staff and became a house parent for Casa Shalom's teen and later pre-teen boys. Benjamin recently obtained a job as an accountant with a good company in Guatemala City. We are so proud to see him leave Casa Shalom as a successful, well-educated, Christ-loving young man and we've encouraged all of Casa Shalom's children to follow in his footsteps. Go with God, Benjamin!
Left: Casa Shalom's children pray a blessing over Benjamin as he moves on to life beyond the orphanage.
Benjamin with Marina, who was his house mother when he arrived at Casa Shalom at eight years old. Marina is a wonderful servant of the Lord and is still house mothering to this day!